Different approaches to weed control debated at Amenity Forum conference

Non-chemical, chemical and integrated weed control options will go head-to-head at the Amenity Forum Conference this year as the event focuses on the best way to tackle weeds.

Japanese knotweed
Japanese knotweed

The event, on 13 October at the Pirelli Stadium, Burton on Trent will feature three 
presentations followed by audience discussion.

Andrew Diprose from Ubiqutek will examine the place for non-chemical approaches and he will be followed by Barrie Hunt from Monsanto who will focus on the place for pesticides in weed control programmes. Ruth Mann from STRI will then address what might be involved in creating an integrated management plan.

The conference will also address other significant sector issues. Speakers include Tony Sangwine of Highways England. BIGGA and IOG chief executives Jim Croxton and Geoff Webb and Grant Stark from the Chemical Regulations Division who will give an update on policy focussing on sustainable pesticide use. There will also be presentations from senior figures in the property, lawncare and water industries.

One of these, chief executive of the Property Care Association, (PCA) Stephen Hodgson will talk about Japanese knotweed, a subject which he said often gets sensationalised. 

"Speaking at the Amenity Forum conference gives an opportunity to present a clear and level-headed overview of the key issues involved and share current best practice," he said. 

The forum is also launching a public-facing campaign to boost the perception of the weed control sector in the eyes of the general public at the conference.

Forum chairman John Moverley said: "This year’s theme is important and essential and we are raising the profile of what we do. This is particularly important given all the change ahead of us with Brexit and associated matters. I am very proud of the work done in our sector and we seek to increase awareness of its importance by everyone.’’

To book a conference place email conference@amenityforum.net.

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